The Boats of the Glen Carrig

Before William Hope Hodgson became a writer, he served in the Merchant Marine, and his nautical experiences have bled over into much of his written work.

The Boats of the Glen Carrig is the story of a ship lost at sea and the strange adventures that befall the crew after they escape in two lifeboats and make their way into a wild Sargasso sea filled with dead ships and a plethora of monsters, some real and some otherworldly.

It's a page turner, and while there are some melodramatic bits, Hodgson is a master at creating an atmosphere of subtle, creeping dread. Highly recommended, especially if you like a good, imaginative yarn of the sea.